What is the future of the countryside and city?

This theme room deals with the question of how we as planners, but also as a society, develop cities and the countryside in a responsible manner at various scales. It is often necessary to optimize existing conditions, to critically question the given circumstances, and to research and implement sustainable solutions on different levels. The consideration and appreciation of traditional services and values can be just as important as innovation and progress. How can the new be integrated into existing structures? How can public space be activated and how do we plan infrastructure?

The form of living together and the definition of solidarity are discussed, as well as the strengthening of identities and the changed meaning of contact.

Will we continue to allow motorized individual transport to occupy such a large part of the public space in our cities? Shouldn’t pedestrians be the focus of the planners and the city be transformed in their favor? “Shared spaces” could loosen up existing structures and promote exchange. The urban collective needs to be strengthened; diversity and contradiction are as much a driving force for a dense city as communication and active and deliberate participation. How consciously do we perceive urban development? How does planning influence the way we live together and how does the city shape its planners? The current situation is showing us the necessity to think about manifold spatial and conceptual solutions for contact in the city and living together in general.

We present works that are inevitably relevant to the future and show solutions that motivate people to believe in a collective approach to social, ecological and economic problems. – Lisa from the #AJA20Team